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Excellent book on a vile human being. This book started out interesting giving context to Gilles de Rais rather violent environment of medieval France and The Hundred Years War I found it interesting that Gilles de Rais had fought with Joan of Arc and yet there is no connection between the real life figure and the fairy tale figure of Bluebeard I actually first learned of Gilles de Rais in Susan Brownmiller s book Against Our Will where Brownmiller comments on how de Rais s story was changed to have female victims instead of male children victims because of how inconvenient it would be to glorify a serial killer that sodomized and murdered young boys If no one has noticed already, most serial killers that are glorified in pop culture are murderers of women and that is because of the inherent misogynistic culture we live in People like Gilles de Rais needed to be turned into one of the myrmidons or men who kill women on behalf of all men in order to ensure the domination of women by men.Alas, I digress Unfortunately the book has its cons as the author often overwhelms you with too many technicalities and characters in de Rais s history He also tries to make you sympathetic to de Rais by trying to rationalize his behavior because he had a bad childhood where no one gave him enough attention Might I point out that there have been many neglected children in this world and not all have turned to decaptitating and sodomizing corpses of young children Clearly, de Rais was a product of a society that condoned violence, especially violence by men There is no excuse anyone can have for victimizing others. #FREE PDF ô The Real Bluebeard µ This Work Aims To Get Behind The Myths And Present The Real Bluebeard, Gilles De Rais, One Of The Most Enduring Baddies Of History His Infamy Lives On, The Precursor Of Our Own Time S Serial Killers And A Founding Father Of The Cult Of The Child Snatching Bogeyman This book, amazingly, is boring I can t figure that out Gilles de Rais and boredom don t go together. So, I wish that the book concentrated on his trial but the second half of the book was good enough to make this a 3 star It has intrigued me, I will read about Gilles, that seems like a good sign, right Gilles de Rais was born in 1404, at a time of great societal upheaval France had split into many princedoms and the division between rich and poor could hardly have been pronounced While the nobles lived in great luxury each castle having its own army, entertainers, and of course servants peasants were regarded as so much expendable vermin.His parents died while Gilles was young, and thereafter his guardian was his grandfather, Jean de Craon In some ways it was a good match both were aggressive and rapacious Together they kidnapped Catherine de Thouars, an heiress and distant cousin of Gilles They were married a week later Gilles had no interest in her other than for the lands that she brought to the marriage.Gilles moments of glory came when he fought beside Joan of Arc This was the world in which Gilles felt comfortable the officially sanctioned killing and violence of war, and the theatricality lent to the proceedings by Joan Joan, too, was asexual She offered a pure friendship, whilst imposing a strict morality on her followers But after the siege of Orleans and the abortive siege of Paris, war was over Peacetime didn t suit Gilles temperament.In 1432 his guardian Jean de Craon had died By 1433 Gilles had become a sadistic child abuser and murderer The number of children he murdered is not definitely known, but suggestions of 300 are not unreasonable To explain how this could have happened, Beneditti suggests that The psychopathic urgency of his private needs had been concealed by the general brutality of military practice Disillusioned and without a role to play in the new, calmer world of peacetime, Gilles turned his back on reality and lost himself in a world of private fantasy His background was privileged, he d been used to having anything he wanted including his wife, who was no than a chattel herself Gilles life was one of immediate gratification.He relied on others to procure children for him The details of the abuse and tortures he inflicted on children between the ages of 7 and 16 are stomach churning in the extreme How he was able to get away with his appalling crimes for so many years, however, isn t hard to understand The peasantry were barely human beings as far as the nobility was concerned The peasants themselves turned a blind eye the noble s castle offered a chance for children to find work and a means of supporting themselves Even when the rumours began to circulate, the peasants simply hadn t the economic or political power to do anything about them As Benedetti says, The rights of a great feudal baron like Gilles were almost absolute Gilles began to be undone by his financial excesses Like many great lords, his wealth was tied up in lands and property What he lacked was ready money In an age when extravagance among the nobility was the order of the day, Gilles went several steps further in his excesses Obsessed with finding money to fund his lifestyle, he began to sell off his property When this still failed to provide him with sufficient money, he turned to the magicians Alchemy had been outlawed by the Church but Gilles had seen the power of the supernatural during his time with Joan of Arc He dabbled with black magic, but when one magician drowned and another almost died on arriving at Gilles castle, he took these deaths as a warning and vowed to give up his life of sin and make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem Needless to say, Gilles failed to mend his ways.In 1439 the Dauphin Louis visited Gilles His brief was to end the pillaging and private wars in Poitou Gilles took the Dauphin s visit as a warning Rumours were rife concerning Gilles that he practised black magic and murdered children The sexual nature of his crimes, however, was still not known Investigations were made, and evidence taken from parents who had lost children Even now, though, Gilles didn t or couldn t stop His last recorded murder took place as late as August 1440.Finally, in September of that year, Gilles was arrested together with his magician Prelati and his two body servants Gilles told the court that the origins of his troubles lay in his childhood he had been poorly controlled in his childhood, when, without check, he had applied himself to everything that might give him pleasure Benedetti suggests that Gilles killed because he hated himself What he did was to kill himself over and over againOr rather he killed the rejected part of himself In October 1440, Gilles and both of his body servants were executed.Benedetti s explanations for why Gilles did what he did do not entirely convince, and feel rather perfunctory We want perhaps need to know what makes a person like Gilles de Rais, but perhaps we have to accept that some people are simply made that way This is an uncomfortable thought because it suggests that whatever had happened to Gilles in childhood, whatever society he had been born into, he would have behaved in essentially the same fashion We can never know The interest in Bluebeard both the man and the myth persist, over 500 years after Gilles death In the Bluebeard fairytale, as told by Perrault, the kidnap, torture, and murder of children is replaced by the abduction and murder of wives Perrault s story has a happy ending his last wife inherits all of her husband s estates There was no happy ending for any of the dozens of children slaughtered by Gilles de Rais, the Marshal of France. I liked the way that the author gives a brief history of the situation in Medieval France to show how the society was, as background to the crimes committed by Bluebeard It was a different person from the fairytales that I grew up with. What the book purports to discuss, it fails to do for it s majority This is really a log of historical battle references with some minor details about de Rais. WOW, what a fascinating biography I wouldn t have thought it possible to obtain so much information on a man who died in 1440 and then put it together into a coherent picture The author lacks psychological insight, in my opinion, but she tells the story well and what a story This book gives amazing insight and perspective on the child killer and torturer, Gilles de Rais More than La Bas or anything else i have read about him, Benedetti portrays de Rais as a human a very flawed and disturbed human but still a human The sensationalism and myth of Bluebeard is dispelled, and he is shown in the context of his age and also of his circumstance Never dry and well paced throughout, this book fires the imagination and allows us to see the man behind the grotesque and inhuman acts he committed.